December 2009 DECEMBER
9 Early Dismissal Day 12:47 PM
Dear Babler Families, 11 RVMS Band (All School Assembly)
14 PTO Board Meeting 9:15 AM
This time of year brings so much excitement 15 Purina Farms Assembly (Gym)
for our students and families, from holiday par- 22 Papa John’s Night
ties to playing in the snow. This season also 23 Winter Parties 11:00—12:15 PM
focuses on giving and the importance of show- 23 Early Dismissal Day 12:47 PM
ing others how much you love and care for 24—Jan. 1 No School - Winter Break
them. At Babler Elementary one of our many
character education goals is to teach the im- 4 School Resumes
portance of giving through service learning and 8 Adventure Club Appreciation Day
community service. 12 Mad Science Day
15 Report Cards Go Home
In the ethical as well as the intellectual domain, 15 Early Dismissal Day 12:47 PM
students are constructive learners; they learn 18 No School—
best by doing. To develop good character, Martin Luther King’s Birthday
they need many and varied opportunities to 19 PTO Variety Show Try Outs (Gym)
apply values such as compassion, responsibil- 20 PTO Variety Show Try Outs (Gym)
ity, and fairness in everyday interactions and 20 3rd Grade Field Trip—Magic House
discussions as well as through community ser- (Levy & Luther)
20 PTO Variety Show Try Outs (Gym)
vice. Through repeated moral experiences, 22 PTO Pizza Bingo (Gym)
students develop and practice the skills and 26 3rd Grade Field Trip—Magic House
behavioral habits that make up the action side (Haug & Morris)
of character. 26 Papa John’s Night
29 Progress Reports Go Home
Thank you for partnering with us to help pro-
vide opportunities for your children to invest in
moral actions and grow into caring individuals.
Happy Holidays, In This Issue:
• Kid’s Night Out
• Early Dismissal Day
• Winter Parties
Dr. Diane Metz
Babler Elementary • 1955 Shepard Road • Wildwood, Missouri 63038
(636) 733-1175 • Dr. Diane Metz, Principal
“Shine with PRIDE”
Responsibility, and Integrity
Discipline and Effort
At Babler Elementary we strive to provide a safe and positive environment to establish
a pattern of self-discipline and encourage respect and responsibility in all students. As
we continue to work together as a school community to “Shine with PRIDE” we are
building n our strengths by providing positive, preventative, and proactive teacher and
student practices to maximize character development for all.
What are the Restroom PRIDE expectations?
I AM Practicing…….
* I knock politely on stall door for availability
* I allow for the privacy of others
* I flush the toilet
* I keep the necessary free from written
words, pictures and writings
* I keep water in the sink
* I wash hands, with 1 squirt of soap, and water
* I use 1 or 2 paper towels to dry my hands
* I place paper towels in the trash can
INTEGRITY (Courage and Honesty):
* I only leave class if “necessary”
* I am always a role model to others
* I return to class promptly
* RED ZONE - Remain QUIET (voices off)
* I keep my hands and feet to myself
* I attend to my necessary needs
* I wait patiently for a turn
* I keep the necessary clean and free of clutter
* I pick up after myself
* I return to class promptly
BABLER ATTENDANCE KINDERGARTEN
SEPTEMBER 97.18% REGISTRATION
OCTOBER 93.20% 2010-2011 SCHOOL YEAR
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
9:00 am–5:30 pm
LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL Thursday, February 4, 2010
CRAFT FAIR 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Lafayette Lancers Regiment hosts its annual
Marketplace Craft Fair and 6TH GRADE CURRICULUM
Holiday Boutique Saturday, Dec. 5th from
9 am – 4 pm and Sunday, Dec 6th from NIGHT @ RVMS
11—4pm. If you are a parent of a current 5th grade stu-
dent, please plan to attend the 6th grade
EARLY DISMISSAL DAY Curriculum Night @ Rockwood Valley
Middle School on Wednesday,
Our next early dismissal day is
January 13, 2009 @ 7:00 pm .
Wednesday, December 9th. ALL
Band try-outs begin at 6:30 pm
students attend from 9:02-12:47 pm. Lunch
will be served to ALL students. Kindergar-
ten PM students attend with AM students.
Our lunch menu for early dismissal day will PAPA JOHN’S
be: Papa John’s Cheese Pizza Papa John’s Night is
Sweet Peas Tuesday, December
Chilled Pineapple 22nd. After all that shop-
Choice of Drink ping and decorating, it’s time for pizza!
We will have our second early dismissal We received $101 for the month of Novem-
day on Wednesday, December 23rd. Our ber and Mrs. Sinn’s class are winners of a
lunch menu for that day will be: free pizza party!
Papa John’s Cheese Pizza
Sweet Peas WINTER
Chilled Pineapple HOLIDAYS
Choice of Drink We hope everyone has a
holiday. Remember there
is no school,
RVMS BAND December 24—
The band from LOST AND FOUND
Be sure to check our Lost and Found box lo-
Middle School will per-
cated in the cafeteria, before winter break!
form for our students at
During winter break anything left in Lost and
10:00 am on
Found will be donated to our
Friday, December 11th.
Yellow Clothing Box.
Winter Parties MAD SCIENCE DAY
Kindergarten through 5th grade will Our school will again be hosting a Science
have their winter parties on Olympiad for all students in grades K-5 in an
Wednesday, December 23rd from effort to expose more students to science
11:00—12:15pm. and fun learning experiments. This was so
much fun last year and so well received that
we decided to do it again!
“PETS GO TO SCHOOL” On the morning of Janu-
ASSEMBLY ary 12th your child will ro-
All students will be able to watch tate through science sta-
animal trainers from Purina Farms tions led by our
present their “Pets Go To School” staff. Teachers will be
program on Tuesday, December 15th. decked out with white lab
They will bring several animals and coats and we will have
demonstrate obedience and agility special guests, including
training. They will also discuss proper Einstein, Ms. Frizzle and more…These sci-
pet care as well as general animal entists will be patrolling the halls and class-
safety. If you have concerns about rooms to help engage everyone in SCI-
allergies & would prefer your child not ENCE!!
participate in the assembly, please let
your child’s teacher know. We will pro- Your HELP is needed!!! This event will re-
vide an alternate location for them dur- quire at least 50 volunteers to make it a suc-
ing the assembly. cess. If you are available to help out during
the hours of 9:00 am.—12:00 pm on Tues-
day, January 12th, please contact Amanda
Hill at:firstname.lastname@example.org or
Kim Yetter at:
See you there!!!
SIMPLY RECYCLE CONTEST
Thank you for all your hard work in making our Simply Recycle
Contest a success. Even though we are moving up the leader
board, we are still in need of more recycling in order to reach
our goal of an ALL SCHOOL ZOO FIELD TRIP! What can you
do to help?
*Bring your curb side recycling to the front dumpsters any-
*Send in clean, bagged recycling with your child
*Purge your old phone books
*Bring in your Holiday catalogues
*If you work in an office, clean out old magazines and/or catalogues
The dumpsters are now clearly labeled with new recycling signs, so continue to bring in
your recycling and help Babler reach their goal!
INCLEMENT WEATHER WATCH
School closings, or early school dismissal, will be announced on the Rockwood web-
site at www.rockwood.k12.mo.us as soon as the decision is made.
Parents will also receive an AlertNow voice notification message. This message will
be sent to your primary household phone number. Your caller ID will display the
school’s main number.
Important: The successful delivery of information is dependent upon accurate con-
tact information obtained from school records. If your household and/or emergency
contact information changes, please let your school registrar know as soon as
In addition, parents can find accurate information about district school closings on the
following radio and television stations:
KMOX 1120 (AM)
KTRS 550 (AM)
KTVI Channel 2
KMOV Channel 4
KPLR Channel 11
KSDK Channel 5
Dare to succeed… be a Dream Catcher!
The Rockwood Schools Foundation is proud to continue the Dream Catchers scholar-
ship program designed for students in grades 4 – 11 to explore their educational po-
tential. This year, the scholarship cycle opens on November 16, and will close January
A wealth of opportunities exists for young adults in the areas of arts, leadership, com-
munity awareness, history and the sciences. The scholarship money can help pay for
camp, lessons, conferences, or specialized courses of study.
“With the support of teachers, parents and counselors, students are encouraged to re-
search and explore any educational opportunity that captures their imagination,” says
Debbie Fluchel, executive director of the Rockwood Schools Foundation.
The Foundation has given out nearly $50,000 in Dream Catchers scholarships over the
past two years.
The Foundation’s mission is to enhance educational opportunities for Rockwood stu-
dents, to help teachers develop positive innovations and to enrich the communities it
For more information call 636-207-6800, or to view a scholarship application, go to
NOTES FROM NURSE LABIT:
Please remember, cough drops are considered to be medicine by Rockwood School
District. To give any medication including cough drops and over-the-counter medica-
tions, we must have:
1. A request from parents to give.
2. Your doctor must sign the request or fax a prescription to administer to
636.458.7347. (Pharmacy labeled prescription containers cover this requirement.)
3. The medication must be sent in its original container. (Please do not send pills or
cough drops in a baggie.)
Also, please remember that RSD policy prohibits transportation of medication home by
a student. All medications must be picked up by a parent or designated adult.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Barb Labit, RN
Full-Day Optional Kindergarten
Informational Parent Meetings
for 2010-2011 School Year
Dr. Roger Stock,
Executive Director of Elementary Schools
and Full-Day Kindergarten Teachers
will be hosting two
Open Public Full-Day Optional Tuition-Based Kindergarten Informational Meetings for the
2010-2011 School Year.
These meetings are for parents interested in the program
and/or having questions regarding the program.
(Adventure Club information available)
The meeting dates and times are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Location: Crestview Middle School (Theatre)
16025 Clayton Road
Ellisville, MO 63011
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 PM
Location: Early Childhood Center at Vandover (Gym)
1900 Hawkins Road
Fenton, MO 63026
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO WITH YOUR
CHILDREN DURING THE WINTER BREAK?
Winter weather may bring snow days. The Alert Now system will notify you by phone if
school is closed because of snow. Be sure the school has your phone number! You
may also find out if school is closed by watching any of the St. Louis TV channels, or
go to the Rockwood website @ www.rockwood.k12.mo.us for information.
Looking for something fun to do with your children during winter break? Check out the
websites below for family activities—many are FREE or cost very little.
Missouri Botanical Garden
St Louis County Parks – Faust Park, Lone Elk Park
World Bird Sanctuary
St Louis Zoo
City of St Louis – Forest Park
Museum of Transportation
Missouri State Parks –Babler Park & Castlewood Park
St Louis County Library – sign up for monthly email calendar of events
St Louis Public Library http://www.slpl.org/
The Great River Road – (good place to watch bald eagles)
BABLER’S SHINING STARS
We would like to provide recognition in our newsletter of special achievements made
by Babler students, parents or staff members. (ex: sports, Scouts, community ser-
vice, etc…) If you have something to share, please let us know by completing this
form, submitting a note to the office, or by sending an email to Dr. Metz
Name of student, parent, or staff member:___________________________
(If the accomplishment is for a team please list all team members from Babler.)
Tell about the accomplishment:
Please clip and return the above portion...entries will be published in the
HOW DO YOU SHINE?
Congratulations to Camden Jaggie who won the Punt, Pass and Kick
U9 Sectional held at Ram’s Park!!!
Congratulations to Alexis Bauer, 1st grader in Mrs. Tremper’s room, for
being selected to perform with the St. Louis Children’s Choir!!!! A shin-
ing star to Alexis!
Shining Star, Meredith Ambrose was featured in the USA Today Newspaper on Nov. 18th for
her red hair. She was chosen from over 400 other children to be spotlighted because of her
red hair. Meredith was featured in the book “Redheads Across America”. Way to go Mere-
Callandra Hudak auditioned for the St. Louis Ballet’s Nutcracker and earned the role of a gray
mouse! Way to go Callandra!!!!
Congratulations to Elicia Malak, she has her Blue Belt in Karate!!
Niyati Deshpande, Elayna Malak and Elicia Malak volunteered at the 5K Girls on the run!!!
Shining Stars to all three girls!!!!